With the cold weather bringing everyone indoors, and the upcoming Yule holiday, making crafts and gifts indoors is a cozy, soul-nourishing activity.
Here’s some ideas for creating with the heart and spirit in mind.
For fall project ideas, check out this article, 11 Fall Projects for the Crafty Witch.
For spring project ideas, take a look at 10 Spring Projects for Wiccans.
1. Quilting. We hear an awful lot about “focus” in the context of spell work. Sewing makes for a powerful way to draw your intentions into sharp concentration. Try hand sewing a quilted sachet using a steady chant with every stitch to bring the mind into a lovely, trance like state of calm.
2. Candle making. Nothing warms the heart and soul like burning fresh, homemade candles. Pick a purpose. Then toss in herbs, anchor the wick with a special gemstone, rub it with oil and/or carve whatever you want into them.
3. Create an incense blend. Every witch should learn the art of blending herbs into pleasing, aromatic scents. Winter makes the perfect season for experimenting with dried herbs (preferably from your own fall garden harvest!). Test your blend by tossing a handful into your burning fireplace to warm and bless the home.
4. Make your own rune set. With the natural light in retreat and the long nighttime hours, divination makes for a lovely indoor evening activity. Make your own rune set—-and be creative! Carve the runes into polymer clay, wood or paint small stones. Makes a charming gift for a like-minded friend.
5. Crock pot something. A crock pot makes a perfect cauldron in the winter months. Stew something kitchen-witch style or …
This month, we compiled a list of our all-time favorite Summer Solstice crafts and recipes.
With the kids out of school and the days getting longer, escape the heat with these lazy-afternoon projects.
Foraged Fairy Ladder/Trellis
It’s the season of fairies, and nothing delights the inner child more than playing with the woodland spirits.
This one is so easy, it’s almost self-explanatory.
Literally: Glue some sticks together. Yup. That’s it. I used hot glue for the one above.
If you want to get fancy, add little bits of (affiliate link —–>) sheet moss to get that aged-in-the-garden feel.
You can even train roses or herbs to grow on it.
Honey Cakes …
As Samhain approaches, you can decorate your home with a number of easy craft projects. Start celebrating a bit early with these fun and simple ideas that honor the final harvest, and the cycle of life and death
Pagan Treat Bags for Samhain
Do you have Pagan kids coming over for a Samhain event? You can have a kid-friendly celebration by putting together a goodie bag that’s representative of your Pagan spirituality. The key here is to do some creative, outside the box thinking. Sure, there are a ton of Halloween decorations in the store at this time of year, but not all of those are really connected with Pagan religious belief systems. They’re really more about the secular celebration of Halloween, which is fine, unless you’re looking for kid-friendly stuff that honors Pagan spirituality.
Here are a few things to try:
- Decorate the bags themselves with symbols that are meaningful to you – depending on the pantheon your group honors, you might include designs that are associated with Greek, Roman, Celtic, or Norse mythology.
- Small herbal sachets: sew herbs into a fabric pouch. Use lavender to help with dreams, or other appropriate plants.
- Crystals and gemstones: As long as the kids attending your event are beyond the put-everything-in-your-mouth stage, you could include rose quartz for love, hematite for protection, and more.
- A Portable Altar Kit: Depending on how old the kids are, think about making an altar box that fits in a backpack or pocket. This might not be useful or safe for really young children, but older tweens and teens could use it responsibly.
- Divination tools: make a simple pendulum with a stone wrapped in wire and attached to the end of a chain. Add a simple divination set by painting symbols on stones or wooden discs.
- Wands: Make a simple wand with a stick and a crystal wrapped in wire.
- Deity symbols: Does your tradition honor a particular god or goddess? Consider adding representative symbols – owls for Athena, cats for Bastet, or an antler for Cernunnos. Try printing out a wallet-size image of the deity on heavy cardstock, add a prayer to your god/dess on the reverse side, and laminate it.
Finally, remember, Samhain is the same day as Halloween, so never underestimate the power of a few strategically placed pieces of delicious candy!
April’s showers have given way to rich and fertile earth, and as the land greens, there are few celebrations as representative of fertility as Beltane. Observed on May 1st (or October 31-November 1 for our Southern Hemisphere readers), festivities typically begin the evening before, on the last night of April. It’s a time to welcome the abundance of the fertile earth, and a day that has a long (and sometimes scandalous) history.
Crafts for the Pagan Beltane Sabbat
As Beltane approaches, you can decorate your home (and keep your kids entertained) with a number of easy craft projects. Start celebrating a bit early with fun floral crowns and a Maypole altar centerpiece, do some meditative braiding, or even get to the know the Fae! A few simple seasonal crafts are a great way to celebrate the Beltane Sabbat. There’s more to this time of year than just plants and greenery, so be sure to check out these simple craft ideas!